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After tragic deaths of Kasandra Perkins, Jovan Belcher, asking "why?"

Updated: December 6, 2012, 4:20 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

There was no debate over gun control when Sahel Kazemi shot Steve McNair in the head. No one asked for evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy after she committed suicide, or attributed the whole thing to post-concussion syndrome. Things just happen, people said. Jealousy. Rage. Passion. Men. Women. This was four summers ago.

Now? You and me and Jovan and Kasandra. The momentary and the irrevocable, the NFL and America, CTE and PCS, the kiss and the gun.

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